Directed Study

Between class, lesson planning, and administrative commitments, it can be difficult for educators to find time for their own education and professional development. With Brandman University’s self-paced, online Directed Study courses, educators can find a course that fits not only their unique areas of interest but their busy lives and schedules.

Directed Study courses are self-paced courses that allow educators to delve deeply into a new topic or increase your knowledge in an existing area of interest. Students are required to complete eight (8) to fifteen (15) modules of work – including textbook or online readings, journals, videos, case studies, etc – within a 15-week period. Students are welcome to complete the requirements as quickly or slowly within that period as best fits their needs.

Registration for Directed Study courses is open year-round, so see what course is right for you and register today!

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Directed Study Courses

Effective Strategies for the Autistic Student Certificate

This four course online series, co-sponsored by Link Autism Leadership, focuses on educational, social, and behavioral support strategies effective when working inside and outside the classroom with students on the autism disorder spectrum. The first course provides a broad overview of the disorders and key structures for potentially recognizing the specific disorders. Courses may be taken individually.

EDNU 9971 Overview of Autism Spectrum Disorders 3 Credits*

This course is purposed toward familiarizing participants with autism spectrum disorders, including high and low functioning autism, Asperger Syndrome, and Pervasive Developmental Disorder. Participants will become familiar with each disorder, familiarized with interventions from a systems perspective, an overview of IDEA, least restrictive environment, and other lawful mandates, and finally practical strategies and specialized, scuffled instruction in general education classrooms (elementary and secondary) designed for children with ranging autism disorders.

EDNU 9978 Meeting Academic Needs for Children with Autism 3 Credits*

This course is purposed toward familiarizing participants with educational strategies to be used for children with autism spectrum disorders including high and low functioning autism, Asperger Syndrome, and Pervasive Developmental Disorder. Opportunities for virtual learning, on the job training, life skills education, and special education law will be offered as an extended understanding in meeting basic educational needs for individuals with autism disorders.

EDNU 9989 Behavioral Supports & Interventions for Children w/Autism 3 Credits*

This course is purposed toward familiarizing participants with behavioral support strategies to be used for children with autism spectrum disorders including high and low functioning autism, Asperger Syndrome, and Pervasive Developmental Disorder in an educational environment. This course will also present long-range behavioral strategies and supports.

EDNU 9990 Social Supports for Children w/Autism Disorders 3 Credits*

Participants will become familiar with understanding social characteristics of autism that will be applied within education environments, as well as with social interventions from a systems perspective. Special education requirements will be over-viewed. Participants will also be provided with practical social strategies and specialized instruction for general education classrooms.

EDKU 9045 Teaching with Technology, Level II 3 Credits*

This course builds on the skills acquired in a Technology Level I course. The purpose of the course is not only to expose students to the wide variety of technological tools that can be used in teaching, but also to bring each student to the point at which he or she is able to use these tools with proficiency. Assignments will be project-based. Students will develop curriculum plans, design instructional units, and create technology-rich environments that promote active learning. May satisfy a requirement for some California clear credentials.

EDKU 9543 Building Better Instruction with Technology 3 Credits

This course is designed for educators across all content areas, as well as all grade levels. Many of the strategies will use Internet based research. In addition, students will analyze the core concepts of how Web 2.0 is affecting learning environments and explore the combined power of research-based instructional strategies and technology to engage and motivate diverse populations of students including students with exceptionalities and diverse learning styles.

EDKU 9549 Teaching with Technology for High School Teachers 3 Credits

This course focuses on subject matter teaching methods, the process of integrating technology into curricula, and advocating for technology utilization at the secondary level. Students will learn methods to evaluate and enhance learning. Students will also analyze exemplary lesson plans that incorporate technology, create lesson plans, and units for the secondary grade levels. In addition, an overview of strategies for educational technology leadership will be provided.

EDRU 9145 Health Education for Teachers 3 Credits*

This course identifies and explores modern concepts of health and health education in schools. Participants will examine current health issues and common health problems in children and adolescents. Topics such as child abuse, suicide, good nutritional health habits, and the effects of chemical use will be covered. Methods that teachers can use to integrate health topics into a variety of curricular areas will be discussed along with resources available online and within a community to help meet the health needs of students and their families. May satisfy a requirement for some California clear credentials.

*Textbook required. More information will be provided upon registration and/or start of course.

SCHEDULE:

  • Open Enrollment

TUITION:

  • $400/course

LOCATION:

  • Online

DURATION:

  • Up to 15 weeks

All courses will be letter grades unless Pass/No Pass is specifically requested. Please email us after registration if P/NP is required.